The VPAM Foundation expresses our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who attended the 2023 Illuminator’s Gala. We appreciate your support of the Vincent Price Art Museum and look forward to seeing you at the next Gala!

A Summer Soiree: The Illuminators Gala
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Soiree Program

8:30PM - 11:00PM - 1st Floor

After dinner, community and celebration continues at the museum with the after-dinner Soiree from 8:30PM–11:00PM, featuring desserts, music, and live performances by galactic dream rock artist, Polartropica, two-spirit performance goddess Yozmit, and KCRW radio host and DJ, Francesca Harding.

Supporters may choose to purchase tickets for the full evening of festivities or Soiree-only tickets. Early bird tickets are available until July 1. A limited number of discounted Soiree tickets will be available for Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) students and LACCD staff and faculty while supplies last.

Recommended Attire: Summer Cocktail

➤ Purchase Tickets
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➤ Make a Donation

100% of funds raised from the Illuminator’s Gala will go to support VPAM’s operations and programs.
To learn more about sponsorship options please call 323-265-8841 or email with subject line GALA SPONSOR.

Soiree Entertainment

DJ Francesca Harding

DJ Francesca Harding

Francesca Harding has worked as a radio host, DJ and most recently as a music supervisor for over a decade. From DJ’ing internationally to working in the sync and licensing world, Francesca has provided the musical backdrop for a variety of projects alongside the best an dbrightest in the business. Formerly in the film and TV advertising space, Francesca has found campaign music for studios like Pixar, Netflix and Spectrum. She is currently co-music supervising the TV show Kings of Napa (OWN) and coordinating for the new drama series Monarch (FOX) as well as Big Mouth S6 (Netflix). Past projects include: Five Feet Apart (CBS Films), Rim of the World (Netflix) and 2019’s Halston, directed by Frédéric Tcheng. As a DJ, Francesca has curated content for fashion brands, art publications and music festivals, including the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and Chicago's Unisono. She has had the pleasure of spinning for crowds in the UK, Mexico City, Colombia, and South Korea. You can currently hear Francesca every Tuesday night at 10pm on 89.9FM KCRW.



Yozmit The DogStar* uses self-awareness and art practice as tools for liberation from inequality, bigotry, and marginalization around gender-identity in the form of awareness-based performance art project called *DoYou*. Yozmit uses costume, voice, and dance as theatrical/shamanic trinity to tell stories about "Yozmit The DogStar” the goddess archetype who is her higher channel using her male form but embodying both The Sacred Feminine and The Sacred Masculine. In Yozmit’s artistic cosmology, as Yozmit's conduit, she creates stylistic looks, costumes, public performances, songs, and workshops to spread her message of *DoYou* - a process of becoming fully self-realized and actualizing self-identity. *DoYou* is Yozmit’s artistic mantra to shift power from external conformity to internal realization. In the US, Yozmit has shown her work at One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival, Hollywood Fringe Festival, LA ART SHOW, Torrance Art Museum in Los Angeles, and at Queens Museum, Movement Research at The Judson Church, Joyce Soho, and Dixon Place in NYC. Internationally she has appeared at Life Ball, Vienna Austria, ChunCheon International Mime Festival, ChunCheon, S.Korea, Doma International Art Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria, World of WearableArt (WOW), Wellington, New Zealand. I performed in Marina Abramovic's "The Artist is Present" at MoMA, 2010. She has received multiple "Transgender Initiative” grants from the city of West Hollywood since 2017, and "Cultural Trailblazer" awards from the Department of Cultural Affairs Los Angeles since 2019.



Los Angeles-based galactic dream rock artist POLARTROPICA, previously crowned LA Weekly's Best Indie Pop Band, has created a genre of ethereal synth psychedelia that you've never heard before. With Polartropica's latest singles featured in NYLON and NPR as well as landing acclaim from the likes of Billboard and LADYGUNN, among others. Polartropica is an artist on the rise not to be missed. Most recently, they completed a SXSW tour with shows in LA, San Diego, and Austin (including an official showcase for LUSH UK). In 2022, they headlined the Troubadour and LA PRIDE's Hollywood Main Stage, in addition to opening for Poppy at The Novo (Los Angeles) and House of Blues (San Diego). Polartropica's music can be heard in NPR/Capradio's theme for MIDPACIFIC Podcast "Can't Hold Us Back", Blumhouse Horror feature film UNSEEN with "Give Them Hell", A24's HOW TO BLOW UP A PIPELINE which features track "Terminato.” Their latest music video "What's Your Fantasy" Music Video is the winner of this year's London Director Awards and the LA Independent Filmmakers Showcase Film Festival and an official selection for Cannes Shorts, Outfest Fusion and Berlin Music Video Festival Awards, where they will also be a featured live performer this year.

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What makes our company special is that the food is inspired by the neighborhood we grew up in, the San Gabriel Valley aka "the 626". At the end of 2020, we set out to make the world a little sweeter, and on this journey, an unexpected group of friends set out to build a dream together. Drawing from a combination of past experience, culinary curiosity, and heritage, our team began to distill our ethos: community-inspired, chef-driven.